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Partner/Client: Overseas Development Institute/MasterCard Foundation

Date: 2015 - 2020

Brief Description: Youth Forward Initiative (YFI) Programme Learning Partnership in Ghana

PDA, DRT and Overseas Development Institute (ODI) form the Learning Partnership for the EOY programme being implemented in Ghana and Uganda. The EOY programme aims to improve the capacity of youth in construction and the agriculture sector to get jobs, grow their businesses and access finance.
The Learning Partnership works across the programme to develop an evidence-based understanding of the needs of young people in Ghana and Uganda and how the programme can best meet those needs. This is done through knowledge development (research, evaluation and policy analysis), knowledge sharing, and fostering multi-sector dialogue.

Partner/Client: IFAD

Date: 2007- 2015

Brief Description: PIALA Impact Assessment of the Roots and Tuber Improvement and Marketing Project (RTIMP)

PDA had a team of 13 staff working on an impact evaluation of the Root & Tuber Improvement and Marketing Program (RTIMP) in Ghana that was executed by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) of the Government of Ghana from 2007 to 2014. The impact evaluation was commissioned jointly by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Country Office and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and is using the Participatory Impact Assessment & Learning Approach (PIALA), developed through the Improved Learning Initiative (ILI) of IFAD and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

The evaluation used mixed methods. Three hundred communities were sampled from 30 selected districts across the country. Focus group discussions and key Informant interviews as well as ‘sense-making workshops’ were used for data collection.  

Aiming at improving rural poor people’s livelihoods in Ghana through the development of commodity chains for roots and tubers (R&T) supplied by smallholders, the RTIMP consisted of three main areas of work:

a) linking of smallholders to old and new markets;

b) enhancing smallholder R&T production; and

c) enhancing smallholder R&T processing.  

The focus of the evaluation was on the four types of commodity chains developed by the project over the 5 years of RTIMP: gari, high quality cassava flour (HQCF), bonding cassava plywood (BCP) and fresh yam export.

Partner/Client: International Justice Mission

Date: Feb - July 2015

Brief Description: Qualitative Baseline Study on the Trafficking of Children into Forced Labour

A baseline study to ascertain the nature and manifestation of trafficking of children in the fishing industry, understand community perceptions of the public justice system and determine the mechanisms and key players by which children are trafficked and forced to stay. PDA carried out over 30 FGDs and 60 KIIs in 6 communities in the Eastern, Volta, Central and Greater Accra Regions. The study will be used to address and prevent trafficking of children, analyse the interventions currently being implemented and identify those that are having the greatest impact.